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Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.
An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.
Columns by Leonie Barrie
just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.
Articles by Leonie Barrie
VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberland and The North Face brands. Underpinning its plans, the company notes, is a rapidly changing marketplace – and the pivotal role played by its supply chain.
By innovating the production process and utilising highly-skilled local labour to produce limited runs of high-end footwear, the domestic footwear industry in the US is carving its own niche to stay competitive, according to a new briefing.
The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have joined forces to champion the benefits of trade as a driver of global growth.
After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.
The next-generation supply chain will be digital, on-demand and always-on, with "all of its links interconnected and synchronised to the same drum beat of consumer demand." And new research suggests this model could become the new reality within five years.
Four denim fabrics developed by China’s Prosperity Textile have been honoured among the top products used to manufacture sports apparel for the upcoming autumn/winter season.
Product quality has shown little improvement in 2017 so far, while ethical compliance suffers throughout Asia, according to a new update.
Among the latest sustainability goals from Timberland are plans to eliminate per-fluorinated compounds (PFCs) completely from the durable water repellents used in its products by 2020 – although the outdoor lifestyle brand admits it faced some challenges in its progress on this and other metrics last year.
Italian retailer Benetton Group has become the first European fashion firm to join the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) in a move to reinforce its commitment to sustainability in the supply chain.
A new garment sector alliance in Jordan aims to create opportunities for refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis and help their host countries – but participants acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead.
- Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change
- Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism
- Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh
- Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change
- Where does VF supply chain sit in growth strategy?
- Nike filed patent for "reinforced denim"
- Gap unveils five-year sustainable fibres pledge
- US textile industry applauds Trump executive order
- Adidas and Reebok top transparency index
- Pentland Brands reveals Berghaus factory list
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Clothing Market in the Top 5 American Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts
- Myanmar - ISA Country Report